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The National Day of Prayer celebrated on the first Thursday in May is needed now more than ever, organizers say.

Still in the midst of the health crisis, the National Day of Prayer observance broadcast will be virtual, even as parts of the country begin to reopen.

“Unprecedented times call for unprecedented prayer!” Becky White, Owner and General Manager of Salem Media said.  “This year’s ‘virtual’ National Day of Prayer Observance may have more prayer — and more ‘pray-ers’ than ever before!”

White will will host a National Day of Prayer Virtual Prayer Telethon today on WSLM 97.9 FM & 1220 AM radio from 11 AM – 12 PM.

This year’s theme is “Pray God’s Glory Across the Earth” based on the Bible verse Habakkuk 2:14 that says: “For the earth will be filled with the knowledge of the glory of the Lord as the waters cover the sea.”

Brother Mike Ray, a NDOP area coordinator, will facilitate the virtual session.

“We want to repentantly and willingly seek God’s mercy, grace, and guidance for our nation, our very own lives, and our communities.  Let us agree with those who are scheduled to pray during this designated time of prayer,” Ray said  

Local pastors, layman, civic leaders, and public servants, are scheduled to participate in the live telethon by phone.

Normally the public is invited to attend and participate in this annual event but due to limitations on public gatherings and social distancing, this years event will be broadcast live on the radio. 

The event will also be streamed live on social media.

“All citizens of Washington County Indiana and prayer warriors throughout the Kentuckiana area are encouraged to join this real-time broadcast telethon if at all possible, for this purposely set time for prayer,“  said White. 

The National Day of Prayer is an annual national observance established in public law in 1952 and observed publicly on the First Thursday in May since 1988.

“Regardless of the unprecedented challenges that our nation is facing today due to the covid-19 outbreak and resulting economic shutdown, it will not be canceled nor postponed – but will look very different from years past,” said White.

There will be a nationwide live broadcast tonight from 8-10p.